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Publisher's Summary

The sixth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series from the Syfy. A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.

©2016 James S. A. Corey (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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lots of filler

this entire book feels like an epilogue to nemesis games.

I really wanted this book. I was looking forward to it. but after the last book I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much. too much is just about clean up. and it doesn't really go anywhere. you have to read it though to see where the story is going. 80 % of this book is world-building or laying the foundation for the next book , or cleaning up the aftermath of the last book. I'm still excited about where this story can go. Just wish this book would have been better. We don't spend enough time with characters that you care about. lots of new characters that you don't have as much of an investment with. Bobby is back but not used in the way you want her to be. I could say more but again the main point is that this is a book that she gets through to get to the next one which I hope will be great.

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Gees what happened?

Any additional comments?

I am a huge Expanse series fan. I will listen to this series a few times in my lifetime, but I will dread book six. Twenty hours of book and maybe four hours of entertainment. The authors got insanely self indulgent into the inner thoughts of minds of all the characters, relevant or not. Do any of you remember Dr. Prax Mays from book one? Well he is in this one and at one time, we got to hear about how the hair of one of his university professors looked. Yup. Page fillers galore. If book one had been like book six, I would rate it one star and return it for a refund and ignore the rest of the series. But since the first five were so awesome, I will make the long wait for book seven and buy it. If that one sucks as well, then I will consider the Expanse series as ending with number five. Not since Firefly or SG1 have I looked forward to the next installment so much. Now, blah. I see where they are going. No more being fascinated by the creation of the gates and all the worlds beyond. Now it's just the political landscape, and we get to hear every thought, every doubt, every nuance of every character in every scene. Maybe they are trying to create another War and Peace. A big fat book I could never quite get through.

Jefferson Mays was great as always.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful

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great story but too much detail

I would recommend listening but be prepared to really really get to know the characters. There is so much discription that you begin to wonder if a single person could really have such depth of thought, or maybe it's just filler.

The story is believable and touches on social issues that I would have never thought of. The author's ability to shift between different perspectives keeps you wondering who is right and wrong.

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The book that rights the broader story arc

I was critical of the last book, how the story made the Expanse series the size of a personal grudge and not holding up to such a grande name of The Expanse. This book bridges the gap and finally puts the broader story arc on the footing it needs to be on. Ties it up nicely, the Sol system is now yesterday and the Expanse is tomorrow. I look forward to the next book in the series with anticipation.

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A good continuation but I expected more development.

I absolutely love the series and the world they've created, but this book seemed to progress very little about the overall story going on. Still happy to hear about my favorite crew in any case, and the story was still fun. Just left a lot to be desired on other certain fronts.

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Bring back the proto-molecule - this was a letdown

Set aside the location and this was basically a domestic violence/stalker story with bigger guns. Not what I wanted to read or what I expected from this series.

I kept waiting for something interesting it never showed up.

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loved it.

I'm hoping for another book. I've thoroughly enjoyed the series. I'm wondering if/how the proto-molecule/ ancient alien species will figure into this story going forward.

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Loved the First 5 Books, Not So Much This 6th...

Where does Babylon's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I feel in love with the Expanse series and have been an avid reader (listener?) since. But this last book was just not as good. The crew of the Rocinante, the reason I kept coming back and back, were mostly absent from this last book, and the minor characters, elevated to a majority stake in this last book, were quite frankly not all that interesting. This left me wanting to hear more about my favorite crew and less about those cardboard characters I couldn't give two cents to care for. The book almost redeems itself at the end, but only almost.

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Let down: It's like this book has new writers

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Too many characters and convoluted story line. It took me 2 months to listen to this book and to tell you the truth I don' t remember a thing. Even while listening to the book I had to re-listen to chapters over and over because they were so forgettable.

What was most disappointing about James S. A. Corey’s story?

What is it with the obsession about polygamy ?

What does Jefferson Mays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kudos to the narrator for being able to read the whole book, I would have given up.

What character would you cut from Babylon's Ashes?

Most of the belters with the incoherent babel.

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Where is the action?

the story is good but I feel it lacks the action and intensity that the previous books had. The proto molecule is still out there! bring it back into the fold!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful